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Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this two-hour tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

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Oahu: Incredible 2-Hour Shark Dive on the North Shore

2. Oahu: Incredible 2-Hour Shark Dive on the North Shore

Swim with the sharks during this 2-hour tour that offers you the unique adventure of a shark dive, while ensuring your safety at all times. Discover the wonders of the sea on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii alongside a certified guide. Bring your own masks and snorkels or use the ones provided on board. Your guide will give you a safety briefing at the start of the tour and will answer all your questions concerning this special adventure. The crystal clear cobalt blue water lets you see up to 200ft (60 m) into the deep. Depending on the season, you will encounter such magnificent animals as the Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, playful dolphins and Humpback whales. If you prefer to stay on board, you still have the opportunity to witness the wonders of the sea and watch the sharks. For those who are a bit more adventurous, the shark cage allows for you to be only inches away from the majestic sharks. They can grow to be more than 15ft (5m) long, and you'll be right up close to witness their graceful demeanor. Make sure to bring your underwater camera, as you can take impressive pictures of the fish. You'll have 20 minutes to marvel at the sharks and cherish this unforgettable moment. Up to 8 people can be in the cage at the same time and enjoy the shark adventure.

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Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail with Dolphins

3. Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail with Dolphins

Hawaii's snorkeling is unparalleled, with its crystal clear waters and warm ocean currents. On this beautiful cruise, go in search of the famed Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins. As you board the boat headed for the turquoise waters of the Ko Olina coast, you'll keep your eyes open for these playful creatures, who like to jump and play in the waves of the boat – just like you! As you set sail, be treated to a tasty continental breakfast, and later on to a picnic lunch as well. There's a great bar on board, and your first 2 alcoholic drinks are free! There are unlimited non-alcoholic drinks all day long, and cheap beer and wine for those inclined to a bit more indulgence. When you jump into the water you'll understand why Hawaii is such a magical place. You'll get a perfect view of the colorful fishes, corals, and underwater creatures. You'll be riding on an eco-friendly sailboat, geared towards dolphin preservation and equipped with the finest of amenities, including 2 large restrooms and a fresh-water shower. There's plenty of shade on the deck, as well as tables and seating at the bar. Come out and see the wonders of Hawaii's underwater life on this wonderful snorkeling adventure, complete with breakfast and lunch.

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Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

4. Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

Climb aboard the luxury 34-foot state-of-the-art cruise vessel “Nai’a I,” and see dolphins and whales playing in the lovely waters of Oahu. The 3-hour excursion will get you close to spinner dolphins and other colorful marine life of the Pacific Ocean. A friendly and experienced team will make sure you have the time of your life, with opportunities to snorkel among some of the best reefs in Hawaii. You will travel in small groups to ensure everyone gets a great view of the sea life. Choose from 2 daily excursions, departing at either 07:00 or 10:30, from the westside of Oahu. Dolphin sightings and swimming in the water with the dolphins is a daily event; although the captain reserves the right to have the final word on letting guests in the water for the safety of you and the dolphins. Snorkel among clear, protected bays that are teeming with sea life. During the winter months of December and May, enjoy the bonus of spotting humpback whales as you look for lovable dolphins.

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Honolulu: Beginner Scuba Diving Adventure

5. Honolulu: Beginner Scuba Diving Adventure

Venture into the depths at Magic Island Lagoon in Honolulu with this scuba diving trip that is designed for those with no scuba diving experience. Follow your guide through waters teeming with life on this group tour. Get a quick scuba diving briefing from your professional scuba diving instructor. Start a tutorial on how to use the equipment in shallow water. Once you are comfortable, explore the dive site gradually. Watch as your guide points out different sea life. Take home your memories with the videos that your instructor takes of your adventure. Have all these videos downloaded directly to your phone so you can instantly share these moments.

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Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

6. Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

Embark on an underwater adventure as you scuba dive in crystal clear waters perfect for beginners. Led by an experienced PADI certified instructor, take a beautiful guided tour of 2 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites, each teeming with interesting sea life and inhabiting unique seascapes. Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with all necessary amenities including snacks and refreshments, both a sun and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. While underway, your knowledgeable guide will brief you on the upcoming journey and provide insights about the dive sites you will visit, water conditions for the day, and what marine life you might encounter. Get fitted out with premier scuba equipment and jump into the water to go over basic scuba diving skills with your PADI certified instructor. Dive through crisp blue waters along one of Hawaii’s reefs with your experienced instructor by your side. Marvel at the bountiful sea life as you glide through the water over colorful coral reefs surrounding Oahu. When it’s time to return to the surface, your captain and instructor will assist you back aboard the charter, where refreshments and snacks will be provided. After a short interval on the surface, take in the views and soak up the sun as you prepare for your next dive. Once you return to the water, your PADI Certified guide will lead you around the majestic reef and offer you the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and other fascinating seas life. After a short ride back to the harbor you will be returned to your hotel.

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Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

7. Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

The Oahu Go City All-Inclusive Pass provides free admission to the island's top activities, attractions, and tours, offering the ultimate in convenience, savings, and flexibility. Choose between a 1- to 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price. Save up to 55% compared to full retail admission prices. The more you do, the more you save. Go on a historic tour to Pearl Harbor, enjoy a day at Sea Life Park, take in a cultural experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center, or go snorkeling in Waikiki. When you buy a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day card pass, you’ll also receive free admission to one premium activity. Included activities, attractions, and tours with the Oahu Savings Pass (for all pass durations): Cultural & Historic Sights • Polynesian Cultural Center • Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor • Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor • USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour at Pearl Harbor • Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum • Bishop Museum • Iolani Palace • Honolulu Museum of Art • Queen Emma Summer Palace Tours & Cruises • Makani Catamaran Sail • Secret Island Beach at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Voyaging Catamaran Tour at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Taste of Kualoa (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Famous Beaches Bike Tour on the North Shore • Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City tour (including tickets to Arizona Memorial) • Guided Hike on the North Shore • North Shore Soap Factory Tour • Manoa Chocolate Factory Tour Outdoor Activities • Diamond Head Hike: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Rainforest, Waterfalls, and Movie Sites: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Makapuu Lighthouse & Halona Blowhole: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Waimea Valley • Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii including Da Flowrider • Sea Life Park Hawaii • 3-Hour Kayak Rental • Stand Up Paddle Board 3-Hour Rental • Full Day Snorkel Rental • SUP Morning Yoga by Yoga Floats • Morning Vinyasa under the palm trees • Shoreline Fishing Experience on the North Shore • 8-Hour Bike Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour Moped Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour E-Bike Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • Coconut Palm Basket Weaving on Sunset Beach • Shell Pendant Making on Sunset Beach • Hawaiian Lei Making on Sunset Beach • Lyon Arboretum Premium activities (3+ day passes only) (choose 1): • Makani Catamaran Sunset Sail with Drinks • Private Group Surf Lesson (for 2+) by Sea & Board Sports Hawaii • Full-Day Tour: Hidden Gems, Turtles & Snorkeling • Beauty and the Feast Tour • Moana Splash Luau + Sea Life Park Admission

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Hidden Gems of Oahu Tour with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling

8. Hidden Gems of Oahu Tour with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling

Take a full-day tour to visit all of Oahu’s major landmarks and hidden spots. This tour includes a special stop to snorkel with the giant Hawaiian green sea turtles. Your local guide will talk to you about the history and culture of Hawaii while taking you to some of its lesser-known gems. Experience Hawaii as the locals know and love. Stops also include lots of the major sights such as Chinaman's Hat and Oahu's famous North Shore. Visit sites such as Diamond Head, Halona BlowHole, Makapuu Pt. Macadamia Nut Farm, ChinaMan’s Hat, North Shore Shrimp Trucks, North Shore Fruit Stand, Sunset Beach, Turtle Snorkeling, and Dole Pineapple Plantation. This tour will have you saying "Mahalo" like a local, as you absorb the local saltwater and dine on local cuisine offered by the authentic local food trucks (at your own expense).

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Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Morning Snorkel with Lunch

9. Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Morning Snorkel with Lunch

Hawaii is known for its crystal clear waters, phenomenal waves, and exquisite snorkeling. Today, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at sea, as well as incredible snorkeling in the warm waters around the Spirit of Aloha turtle adventure. On your day long eco-conscious cruise, you will be able to eat, swim, and relax off the Waikiki coast! During your cruise, treat yourself to a lunch, as well as unlimited nonalcoholic drinks from the extensive bar! If you're interested, you can also receive two free drinks with alcohol during this cruise! After filling your belly (and resting a bit before jumping in the water), you can enter into the sea and enjoy a snorkeling adventure like none other! Swim with sea turtles, brightly colored fish, and amazing creatures like you've never seen before! The boat is equipped with the finest in immunities. There are two large restrooms on board, including a fresh water shower. If you feel like lounging on the deck, no problem! There's plenty of sun and shade, so you'll always feel comfortable.  So, come out and enjoy the magic of the ocean on the Spirit of Aloha!

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Oahu: 3-Hour Waikiki Snorkel & Sailing Adventure with Lunch

10. Oahu: 3-Hour Waikiki Snorkel & Sailing Adventure with Lunch

Guests hop aboard the Gold Coast Catamaran, a 48-passenger vessel, to see some of the best of the Waikiki ocean. This excursion offers turtle-watching, and whale-watching (depending on the season), along with snorkeling and sailing. On-board the catamaran, spray from the warm blue water mists over the nets and seats at the front of the boat. Enjoy the smooth, quiet, stable ride that the large sailing catamaran provides. In addition to peaceful sounds of the ocean and the wind, this trip includes lunch, along with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. There are also 2 convenient restrooms large enough for a change of clothing on-board the vessel.

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What people are saying about Oahu

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 165 reviews

This was a really beautiful experience and the crew was very friendly. We saw about 6 whales and a pod of 20 dolphins that swam with our boat for a while. The water was crystal clear and full of fish where they brought us to snorkel. I definitely recommend!

Great experience with a knowledgeable team. We got luck-saw dolphins, whales, and sea turtles. I know not everyone gets this chance but it was awesome.

Great atmosphere, the crew was very friendly and knowledgeable; they made it super fun and easy for a beginner like me!

Shannon O’Brian did a great job showing us the island He was energetic and very informative

Fantastic tour our captains were so engaged and loved the animals and their jobs